At certain times, we may know what our companion animals are talking to us about. We understand their meows and woofs and know what they mean when they want food, want to go out, want to play, or just want some good ole’ petting. However, at other times, we can’t be quite sure of what they’re saying or what they’re thinking.
One such time is when we find our feline companion chirping at outdoor birds, and there are a number of theories out there about why cats “chirp.”
According to Modern Cat magazine, some behaviorists believe that “these sounds are driven by cats’ unquenchable hunting drive,” and while experts aren’t positive about a chirp’s use, some think it “is meant to reassure prey [while] preparing for a killing bite.”
Others believe that cats chirp out of frustration since they are unable to catch their prey, and yet another theory is that a chirp is simply how a cat “controls his over-the-top excitement at spotting the bird,” according to Cat Behavior Associates.
And so, while no one knows for sure what on Earth cats are saying when they chirp or what they’re doing it for, we do know two things with certainly: that their little bird imitations are adorable and hilarious. Check out the five videos below and see what we mean.
1. Leo strikes up a little convo with some birds on the outdoor deck
2. Feliciano chats up the crows hanging around outside
3. A Norwegian forest cat wants to be one with the birds
4. Maine Coons Flauschy, Frieso, and Lily hold a discussion with some visiting city birds
5. This little kitten is already quite the talker!
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